Alfa Romeo Forums banner

1 - 20 of 29 Posts

·
Out of the office!
Joined
·
11,274 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Well, I finally had some warm weather and time to do a little more work. This week, the gas tank got put back in. I sent the tank to Spike's Radiator (I'm not kidding) to have it service. It didn't seem to be all that bad, but I had it done anyway. Spike's drills a small hole in the tank and media blasts the inside and outside. Then, they apply some sort of plastic coat to the inside. I asked that they not paint the tank so I could apply some of Eastwood's Chassis Black on the top and Tank Tone on the bottom. The Eastwood paint goes on really well, even with a slight breeze. I got the tank painted during one brief warm stretch.
 

Attachments

·
Out of the office!
Joined
·
11,274 Posts
Discussion Starter #2

·
Out of the office!
Joined
·
11,274 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
I had salvaged some of green tubing from another spider as my car had something else. The vapor canistor, with one piece of the tubing attached, went in first. Then, I installed the door and gasket. Installing the tank without scrathing the paint requires a little patience.
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,975 Posts
I've never encountered camper tape before; I wonder if that would work as well or better than the weatherstripping under the Carello headlight covers recommended in another thread? For my car, being silver, it would probably be less noticeable to have a grey foam than white.

The tank looks great. I can't wait to see pictures when the car is finished. I've enjoyed seeing every step.

I once found a reference somewhere online to a company that makes or stocks the green tubing, but I couldn't find it on their website (and probably would have had to order several miles of it anyway), and now I can't even find where I jotted the name down. My car isn't pristine by a long shot, and I know I should just be happy with the clear stuff that's easy to find, but . . .
 

·
Admin
Joined
·
4,862 Posts
Yet another wonderful update!

This car is looks PERFECT from the ground up. When you are finished you'll have to put her in a glass case in the Alfa Romeo Museum.
 

·
Out of the office!
Joined
·
11,274 Posts
Discussion Starter #10

·
Registered
Joined
·
11,678 Posts
italcarguy said:
Osso,
Incredible work man! It'd be worth a trip to Colorado to see it when it's done!
Ditto :) ... but expensive trip from Sydney :D

Pete
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
11,678 Posts
ossodiseppia said:
Yeah, but you'd get some free beer.
:D , okay that has tipped the balance ... I'll be booking a ticket this afternoon :eek: ... er, not but if I ever get the chance I'd love to have a noicy.

Pete
BTW: I'll supply the beer if you ever want a noicy at my GTV :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
333 Posts
Beauty & the beast!

Here are some photos of my gas tank as a counterpoint to Osso's fantastic renovation.

I pulled the tank out over the holidays, as I had been getting some dirt in the fuel filters. Emptied something like half a pound of rust out of it! Also realized it has a large dent.

I was going to treat it with POR 15, but seems like it is going to need more drastic remediation. Anyone know of a place in the SF Bay Area that I can use? Am I better off trying to source a replacement tank? Are spider tanks interchangeable across different years?

Thanks for any input

Marc
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
488 Posts
I've seen very similar clear green tube used in Aquarium applications. I don't know if it would be petrol or oil resistant but if it only carries fumes maybe!!!??? It's fairly cheap so it may be worth checking out your local Aquarium Shop and doing yourself some experimenting.

Just a thought.

Adam
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
167 Posts
Osso ; Absolutely amazing. Dedication.

I recently replaced my tank. Someone on the BB (Jr. Z) suggested camper tape, but warned to only use closed cell foam so it doesn't hold water. This sounded reasonable, so I went through 3 or 4 different brands before I found one that I was comfortable with. I immersed little pieces of the tape in water for a few minuted to see if it it soaked any up. I finally ended up using generic "weather stripping tape" from an auto parts chain, which seemed to be more like rubber than foam.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
854 Posts
Osso,

[Fill in words of praise, as I am out of them already :rolleyes:]
___________________
___________________
___________________

What color code is your car? I'm wondering if I have a DUCO paint sticker I can give you.
 

·
Out of the office!
Joined
·
11,274 Posts
Discussion Starter #20
78-AR-SPIDER said:
Great job Osso.
Not scratching the paint it is the hard part. I was unsucessfull but yours looks wonderfull.
Thanks Steve. I have scratched the paint. I did it with my VW. It's hard to get three cars in a two car garage, but I do. I've have always known a trip to the paint shop would be needed after I get it finished. I got a small amount of paint for touching up as I go. I've managed to chip the paint off around a couple of screw holes in the engine compartment. So, the touchup paint came in handy.

116_Veloce said:
Osso,

[Fill in words of praise, as I am out of them already :rolleyes:]
___________________
___________________
___________________

What color code is your car? I'm wondering if I have a DUCO paint sticker I can give you.
Thanks for the praise. Here's the sticker I need.
 

Attachments

1 - 20 of 29 Posts
Top